The People of PRGS

This page provides an introduction to and links to more information about the Dean, faculty, students, and the PRGS Board of Governors.

The Dean

Susan L. Marquis (Ph.D., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), is the fourth Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. In addition to Dean, she also serves as holder of the Distinguished Chair in Policy Analysis at RAND. She has also acted as corporate officer and operational vice president of LMI, a nonprofit government consulting firm based in McLean, Va., that is dedicated to improving public management. In that capacity, she was responsible for developing and managing the resource management practice; was the lead officer for corporate thought leadership and outreach, brand definition, and enhancement; and led strategic recruiting efforts.

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Drawn principally from the doctoral staff of RAND's research units, PRGS professors possess extensive experience both in conducting research and in teaching. A few distinguished scholars from outside RAND are also members of the faculty. PRGS offers a faculty-student ratio that is probably among the best in the country. Its faculty of 154 professors serves a student body of 102.

Students have ready access not only to the faculty, but also to RAND's complement of more than 900 full-time researchers, who help with on-the-job training and with dissertations.

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The students of the RAND Graduate School are remarkable and remarkably diverse. In academic terms, their undergraduate training ranges from philosophy and religion to physics. These people already display an astonishing range of experience, from scientific research to volunteer work in Africa, from business to government to civic groups, and in policy arenas from the environment to health care to many aspects of overcoming poverty.

PRGS students share two attributes. They combine passion and discipline: a palpable passion to help change the world for the better, and the demonstrated discipline to master the intellectual tools that will help them do so.

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Board of Governors

The Board of Governors includes distinguished leaders of academia, business, and government, people whose vision and commitment provide leadership for the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
The Board of Governors reviews, and provides recommendations to the President of RAND and to the Dean about

  • long-range strategic and financial planning;
  • the School's business plan and annual budget; and
  • organizational and programmatic changes.

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Learn more about PRGS alumni and their careers.


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